Joint initiative to assist patients with emergency absentee voting

October 30, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

The Office of Patient Experience, U-M Medical School, Social Work and Care Management have announced a joint initiative to assist patients with emergency absentee voting. 

Patients who are unexpectedly hospitalized and/or have experienced a significant personal emergency any time after 5 p.m. today, Oct. 30, may qualify to request an emergency absentee ballot for the Nov. 3 election.

If a patient is interested in obtaining an emergency absentee ballot and may qualify for this program, please page 61091 with the following patient information anytime between 5 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3: Name, MRN, Room #, provider call-back #.

Once a referral is received, a medical student volunteer will perform further screening to determine the patient’s eligibility, and pending the response, will assist the patient with obtaining an emergency absentee ballot. In limited cases, a volunteer may also be available to assist with delivery of the request and ballot.

A medical student volunteer will be covering the pager at all hours to receive patient referrals, although the process of assisting patients with requesting an emergency absentee ballot will primarily occur between the hours of 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

If any questions or concerns arise regarding this process, please contact the medical student representatives: 

Thank you to the incredible team that helped pull this together — and to all of you for supporting our patients in this civic right. Go Blue and Go Vote!

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